The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation named the reasons why the TV channel “Dozhd” was included in the register of “foreign agents” media. The department said that the decision was made due to the channel’s receipt of 130 thousand euros from the European Union and “indirect foreign funding through Russian funds.” About it reported press service of the Ministry of Justice.
The agency also stated that the TV channel “systematically disseminates materials from foreign mass media that perform the functions of a foreign agent, while receiving foreign funding.” This list includes Voice of America, Idel.Realii, Kavkaz.Realii, TV Channel Present Time, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (PCE / PC), Siberia.Realii, North. Realities ”,“ Medusa Project ”,“ VTimes.io ”.
On August 20, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation included the Dozhd TV channel and the Internet publication Important Stories, registered in Latvia, in the register of media “foreign agents”.
The list also includes the editor-in-chief of “Important stories” Roman Anin and other journalists of the publication: Alesya Marakhovskaya, Irina Dolinina, Roman Shleinov, Dmitry Velikovsky and Olesya Shmagun. The former head of the Yakutia – Our Opinion organization, Stepan Petrov, has also been added to the register. He also headed the regional branch of the national public organization For Human Rights. Both organizations were disbanded back in March.
The Dozhd TV channel is part of the media holding of the same name. Previously, he broadcast on the air, and since 2014 – only on the Internet. The editor-in-chief of Dozhd, Tikhon Dzyadko, said that the channel was not notified of its entry into the register of media “foreign agents”.
On the air of the TV channel Dzyadko said that “Rain” works in accordance with all the norms of Russian legislation. Anyone can find a document with financial statements on the channel’s website and understand that Dozhd does not receive any foreign funding, he stressed.